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The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

The Saga of Harry Allen’s Pig Bank

Sometimes, things are just meant to be. That’s what New York industrial designer Harry Allen discovered along the way to creating his pig bank. It was to be part of his “Reality” collection of decorative objects for the home. Inspired in 2003 by the advent of reality television, Allen embarked on a “hunter/gatherer” search for [...]

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New RISD President Is an Artisan Too

New RISD President Is an Artisan Too

The Rhode Island School of Design’s (RISD) new president sees her administrative duties through the eyes of an artisan. She should – Rosanne Somerson was once a RISD student who earned her degree in industrial design. That was before RISD offered degrees in furniture design – a short-lived situation. When Somerson began to teach there, [...]

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In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

In Vermont, Five Musicians’ Cottages

Spartan is the first word that first comes to mind here. Five cottages in Marlboro, Vt. – a tiny town near the Green Mountains, home to the equally tiny, 200-student Marlboro College – take their cues from the 18th-century farmhouses that make up the campus. “We took the proportions of a 400 year old typology,” [...]

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Basking in the South Carolina Breezes

Basking in the South Carolina Breezes

It’s always nice to see a plan comes together: While Boston braces for 13 more inches of snow this weekend – along with wind gusts up to 70 mph – a pair of that city’s expats will be basking in breezes warmed by the coastal South Carolina sun. They’re living in a new home designed [...]

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In Hampton Bays, Ponquogue Manor

In Hampton Bays, Ponquogue Manor

As is the case for many architects visiting Venice for the first time, Bernard Zyscovich found the scales falling from his eyes there. A 23-year-old Pratt student at the time, he’d been turned loose for a year to experience that Italian kaleidoscope of light, color, reflection, and visual pyrotechnics. “I was thinking: what am I doing here?,” he says. [...]

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A Laurel Canyon Home in Manhattan

A Laurel Canyon Home in Manhattan

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Kat Cohen has transformed her Turtle Bay home in New York into a reminder of the California she left behind. “It’s like a cool Laurel Canyon house,” she says. The townhouse on East 51st Street was renovated in the mid 1950s by architect Jan Hird Pokorny Architects, with all [...]

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Ennead’s Humanist Research Machine

Ennead’s Humanist Research Machine

A productive collision, the architects at Ennead Architects like to call it. As in Jonas Salk, stumped in his search for a polio vaccine, bumping into a colleague in a stairwell and describing his dilemma. As it turned out, the fellow had written a paper on the problem a decade before. Sure enough, it provided [...]

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In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

In Austin, the Look of Charred Wood

An ancient method of charring wood to preserve it – while rendering it insect-free and fire-resistant – now proudly calls its Texas home. Shou Sugi Ban has been used for centuries as exterior siding in Japan, where cedar or pine is burned, then cleaned and finished with a natural oil. But in Austin, Delta Millworks [...]

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Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

Porsche + Poggenpohl in the Kitchen

The last time the designers at Poggenpohl and Porsche Design Studio got together was in 2009. The result was the P`7340, a fitted kitchen built for a man’s needs and tastes, along the lines of the precious little speedster that’s been dominating Germany’s Autobahn since the end of World War II. Now the two firms [...]

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In Paris, Paper Clay by Paola Paronetto

In Paris, Paper Clay by Paola Paronetto

Paola Paronetto’s family of paper clay products rarely fails to amaze. The new Cartocci Print collection, on display recently at Maison & Objet in Paris, is made with her paper clay in her usual production process, but presents new aesthetic details from the Pordenone designer. We interviewed her via email earlier this week: The intent of your designs? My creations [...]

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